A central government health expert on dengue who visited several districts of Madhya Pradesh last week is dissatisfied with the state health department’s fight against the mosquito-borne disease.
Dr Sher Singh Kashyotia, assistant director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, told HT that many health facilities in rural MP were conducting card tests instead of solely relying on the government-recommended ELISA test.
This, he said, was causing confusion with regard to spread and severity of dengue in the state. He stressed that a negative result from card tests does not rule out the possibility of an early infection of dengue virus.
Dr Kashyotia, who is in-charge of MP and Rajasthan, has visited Betul, Hoshangabad and Shivpuri. He was in Bhopal on Monday to see how health officials and doctors were dealing with dengue outbreak. About 650 dengue cases have been reported across 31 districts since January.
Meanwhile, Bhopal collector Nishant Warwade emphasised on coordination amongst various departments to fight against dengue outbreak, at a meeting on Monday.